Friday, May 22, 2009

Journey of a Leader

The following parable gives some insights into the journey of a leader:

No Zen student would presume to teach others until he had lived with his Master for a minimum of ten years. Tenno, having completed his ten years of apprenticeship, acquired the rank of Teacher. One day he went to visit the Master. It was a rainy day, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. When he walked in, the Master greeted him saying, "You left your wooden clogs and umbrella on the porch, didn't you? Tell me, did you place your umbrella on the right side of the clogs or on the left? Tenno was embarrassed, for he did not know the answer. He realized he lacked awareness. So he became a student and labored for ten more years to acquire constant awareness.

(source: Discovery, story no. 100, insight publishers, Bangalore, India)